Moore Silliness

Tom Mankiewicz and the Shifting Tone of the James Bond Films Part Two: Habit, and a House Style Last Time: The arrival of writer Tom Mankiewicz impacted the tone of the James Bond film series in unexpected – and arguably detrimental – ways. With his formal departure from the series, do things improve…? A lobby …

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Moore Silliness

Tom Mankiewicz and the Shifting Tone of the James Bond Films Part One: A Direct Presence There was a time, pre-1995, when one’s appreciation of the James Bond films was measured against a single overriding criterion. Connery or Moore. It didn’t matter that somewhere in between, George Lazenby had made his single outing as the …

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Space is the Race: Representations of the 1960s Space Race in Apollo 13 and Hidden Figures

Ideological context plays a significant role in the representation of events in media narratives, not least in historical retellings. The space race of the 1950s and 1960s between the USA and the USSR has, in whole or in part, been the subject of many media texts, notably in American cinema. Their institutional purposes and ideological …

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DC Films: Dawn of the Rushed Superhero Mashup

The transformation of Warner/DC’s inevitable and immediately mooted Man of Steel 2 into the franchise team-up Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice has led to a peculiar online shit storm. Critics have almost universally impaled the production on the most uncomfortable figurative phallic symbol they’ve collectively been able to think of. ‘Fans’, on the other …

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There’s Nothing Wrong With This Picture (Part 2)

The concluding part of a critical annotation of Patrick Goldstein’s July 22nd 2012 LA Times piece “The Big Picture: A message too ‘Dark’ for all?”Our own domestic debate mirrored a larger one in the culture. [Check as one might, one is unlikely to find vigourous and extensive national or even international debate on the violent …

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There’s Nothing Wrong With This Picture (Part 1)

At the risk of enduring howls of “Too soon!” or “How could you?”, I’m not sure Patrick Goldstein’s July 22nd 2012 LA Times piece “The Big Picture: A message too ‘Dark’ for all?” can afford to pass without comment. Riding on the back of the Aurora, Colorado cinema massacre and the subsequent (temporary) pulling of …

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DVD Review: Dead Country

Words can’t describe how terrible this straight-to-DVD excuse for a zombie feature is. CGI that’s ‘80s quality, atrocious acting, a deadening, repetitive script, non-direction, sluggish pacing, haphazard grading to hide the uncompromisingly awful cinematography, variable tonal music to cover the multitude of poor audio joins, and several scenes in which half the image is smeared …

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